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Grace Hopper Celebration 2022 Celebrates Open Source in September

Have you heard? The Grace Hopper Celebration is throwing a party for women new to Open Source!

This year I had the honor of serving as one of the co-chairs for both the Open Source track and Open Source Day alongside two wonderful co-chairs Ambika Sharma (U.S. Bank) and Shagun Bose (Intuit). Together we helped curate inspiring content to encourage attendees to begin their journeys in open source software, connect with peers and mentors in the open source community, and gain important resources to help them succeed in their careers.

Don’t miss presentations, workshops, panels and a hackathon (Open Source Day) at the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, all dedicated to sharing and learning about open source! VMware open source leaders will be on hand to answer any questions about open source or guide you to your next session.

The official five-day event kicks off with one preliminary day dedicated to open source on September 16 and the main event from September 20-23 in Orlando, Florida.

Here’s a snapshot of the experience for this year’s Celebration! Can’t make it to Orlando? Join us to learn, network and experience GHC 22 virtually.

Pre-Event “Open Source Day,” Friday, September 16

Grace Hopper Celebration starts with a virtual pre-event called Open Source Day (OSD), an all-day hackathon where participants of all skill levels learn about open source while contributing to projects designed to solve real-world problems.

You’ll get to hear from three amazing opening ceremony speakers who will share their open source journeys:

  • Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber & Emerging Technologies at The White House
  • Nithya Ruff, Head of Open Source Program Office at Amazon and Chair of the Board of Directors, The Linux Foundation
  • Mishi Choudhary, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Virtru, previous Legal Director of the New York-based Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC)

You’ll also have an opportunity to meet with maintainers of open source projects, get one-on-one help from skilled mentors, gain hands-on experience on new open source skills through workshops, and make code contributions to open source projects.

You can find VMware open source leaders participating as speakers for a workshop and as mentors for open source project contributions:

Alexandra Wang (VMware) and Ashuka Xue (VMware) will be presenting “Hack an Open-Source Database Together,” a talk on open source database systems where you’ll get a chance to peek under the covers and implement a small feature using test-driven development.

VMware’s Davanum (Dims) Srinivas and Divya Rani will be available as mentors to help answer any questions you have about open source. Mentors are assigned to a specific project, and you can find Dims mentoring for the Node.js project and Divya mentoring for the Egeria project.

OSD is the perfect event for anyone who wants to start their open source journey! The skills and connections you gain can be used in contributing to open source during and after the event. If you want to learn more, you can sign up for the OSD info session today.

Main Event, September 20-23 (Tuesday-Friday)

After Open Source Day (OSD), the main conference will start on the 20th and run till the 23rd. At this time, you can continue your open source journey with 10+ open source track sessions available throughout the conference.

Along the way, don’t forget to attend two open source track sessions led by VMware!

How to Build Trustworthy AI with Open Source by Diana Atanasova (VMware) and Teodora Sechkova (VMware)  Virtual, on demand

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer in the future. AI has left the research laboratories and has rapidly become part of our lives. As AI adoption grows and the system’s complexity increases, the consequences of making wrong decisions also rise significantly. The more we depend on AI to make decisions on our behalf, the more we require mature AI systems that we can trust. Trust is subjective. In our context, it is based on how humans perceive and to what extent they believe in decisions made by AI systems. For an AI system to be proven trustworthy, it needs to be reliable, responsible and secure. How do we achieve these properties? The path forward in building trusted AI systems is through collaboration, by sharing and building a common knowledge base. Open source software (OSS) has always been an active and open environment where people can share their progress and work together toward a common goal. Open source has been an essential driver in software development through the years, and it can play a main part in these new challenges. In this session, Diana and Teodora will introduce the main principles each AI system should be built on in order to be proven trustworthy. Then, attendees will learn how the tools in the OSS ecosystem can help implement these principles in practice to build a trustworthy AI for all.

Panel: The Maintainers’ Guide to Open Source with Farah Juma (RedHat), Kavitha Srinivasan (Netflix), Luciana Abud (Microsoft), moderated by Anna Jung (VMware)  In-person, September 23 at 9am ET

Join us for a panel discussion with women open source maintainers who will share their journey into open source, provide insights into their experiences as a contributor and a maintainer, and share maintainers’ perspectives on becoming part of the open source community. This intimate discussion will take you on a journey to learn the faces behind the projects loved by many as they share the hard truth about open source. From their personal and professional challenges to why they choose to be an open source maintainer, this is a panel you don’t want to miss.

VMware and Grace Hopper Celebration

VMware is a virtual silver sponsor of Grace Hopper Celebration 2022, and open source is not the only track we’re involved in! You can find everything related to VMware on our VMware Grace Hopper Celebration page.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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